Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week, despite seeing their team lose 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night, as their side comfortably lead the Premier League after just 15 games of the campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the title this term, and they are certainly living up to expectations by winning 14 of their opening 15 matches, with Everton the only side to have taken points off the Citizens. And with five wins from their six Champions League group stage clashes, the North West outfit also topped Group F in Europe’s elite competition, despite going down 2-1 in Ukraine on Wednesday night in what was the club’s first competitive defeat of the season.
Nonetheless, there are many jubilant City fans in the Tavern this season and many are eagerly anticipating their side’s clash with neighbours Manchester United on Sunday, while they are also likely to be intrigued by recent comments from West Brom manager Alan Pardew regarding the future of defender Jonny Evans (via The Daily Express).
The 29-year-old centre-back made the move to the Hawthorns back in 2015 after a long association with Man United, and he has since proven his worth to the Baggies with several impressive displays in the last few years, in which time he has played 78 games and scored four goals.
And his form reportedly attracted the interest of City over the summer, to the point that they made a bid for the Northern Ireland international, and new boss Pardew has recently expressed his concern about keeping the defender in the upcoming January transfer window.
He said: ‘I’m never confident when you’ve got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable.
‘Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not.
‘Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.’
And this potentially promising update is likely to intrigue and perhaps encourage our resident City fans, who could see their side target another centre-back given the recent injury to John Stones, and as such their interest in Evans could well intensify over the coming weeks.
Landlord’s verdict: Manchester City tried and ultimately failed to land West Brom defender Jonny Evans during the summer, as manager Pep Guardiola sought to improve his centre-back options at the Etihad Stadium.
And John Stones’ recent hamstring injury has called into question whether the Spaniard will look to do so again, and he’ll likely be intrigued by recent comments from West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who admits that he ‘fears’ losing Northern Ireland international Evans in January.
And with City in such a strong position financially, as well as in the Premier League table, they could have more than enough to convince Evans to make the move back to Manchester, two years after leaving neighbours Manchester United.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!